March 16, 2006

Hundert Resigns Presidency of Case Western Reserve University

Edward M. Hundert, M.D., president of Case Western Reserve University, submitted his resignation Wednesday night to the University's Board of Trustees. Hundert's resignation will be effective September 1, 2006, allowing the Board to take the necessary time to select a president.

In accepting the resignation, Board of Trustees Chair Frank N. Linsalata said that Hundert's presidency has been a catalyst for positive change. Linsalata said, "Since his arrival in 2002, he has helped us elevate our aspirations for the university. His vision has inspired us all to believe that we truly can bring Case Western Reserve University to the level of excellence of top research universities in the country." Linsalata also called upon the university community to unite and work cooperatively. "We . . . ask that those voices within the university who have been so vocal in their criticism turn their energies to working together to move the university forward and respect the opinions of all constituents," Linsalata stated.

Hundert explained his resignation to the Case campus in an e-mail message that was sent today. "There is much I would still like to accomplish for our university, but I have reluctantly concluded that the continued tension on campus is too distracting to the advancement of our university." In the message Hundert also noted that he believes Case must continue to strive to achieve its full promise. "Case has remarkable people, programs and a unique set of assets in University Circle. We are a great university. But I still believe we have even more untapped potential than realized potential," Hundert said.

During his presidency, Hundert focused on enriching the student experience and generating greater visibility for the university. In 2002, the faculty launched and implemented a new undergraduate curriculum, SAGES, a Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship. Each year, Hundert taught a SAGES seminar. During his tenure, the Village at 115 was opened, providing 740 new and "environmentally friendly" apartment-style living units to Case undergraduates. In fall 2004, Case hosted the U.S. Vice Presidential debate, which attracted international attention to both the university and the City of Cleveland. During the past four years, Case significantly increased its undergraduate applicant pool and this past year entered its largest and most competitive freshman class. The university has also recruited and retained dozens of leading researchers who are building world-class programs. The School of Medicine strengthened its affiliations, which included the creation of The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and renewed its affiliation agreement with University Hospitals. The university also expanded its campus at the former Mt. Sinai Hospital where the University's "West Quad" project is slated for development. Case has also purchased the Triangle property for the creation of the future University Arts and Retail District.

Prior to coming to Case, Hundert was professor of psychiatry and medical humanities and dean of the school of medicine and dentistry at the University of Rochester, serving there from 1997 to 2002. His academic career earlier included service on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he held appointments in the departments of psychiatry and medical ethics from 1984 to 1997.

In 1978, Hundert received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and the history of science and medicine from Yale University. He attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, earning a master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics. Later he earned the M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts.

Following the conclusion of his term as president, Hundert will begin a sabbatical.

For more information about this announcement please refer to CasePoint at, to read the president's letter and a statement from the chair of the Board of Trustees.

Contact: Laura M. Massie (216)-368-4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 16, 2006 09:38 AM | News Topics:

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